We have made friends with our maid and her husband and children. I am teaching the children English on Saturdays. Marcela comes with them and is using the videos I create and save to a CD to improve her own English. Her husband is a sweetie who has been helpful in taking Gary to the car repair shop, paying our electric bill, getting us items from the local stores, and helping with cleaning the really high windows. He only has a two-day a week job, so money is an issue for this family. What little they have, they invest in the children's education. They pay to send them to a private school in Joco. The kids have to take the bus (42 pesos a day), plus Marcela rides the bus with Jackie, since she's young and doesn't go to the same school as the high school children do. That's another 12 pesos a day. So for a week's transportation to school, not the tuition, supplies, books, uniforms, etc., it costs the family 270 pesos . That's more than she makes for cleaning my house each week.
As always we're impressed with the work that the Mexicans do with the simplest tools. We watched two men climb up a ladder that was leaning on an electric pool to cut down the decoration wires on our block.